Intel releases SSD firmware and SSD Toolbox (Trim) for Windows 7

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Intel has released the long-awaited trim feature for its newer 34nm SSDs (Intel X25-M and X18-M G2). For those of you with the older G1 series, there is no trim feature available. Trim is enabled by installing the firmware update from Intel to bring all G2 SSDs to the 02HA firmware. http://www.intel.com/go/ssdfirmware. When updating, remember to take… Read more »

Core i7 860 is slow for ripping music and managing photos!

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I’ve been waiting for the new 1156 processors and boards to come out in order to “upgrade” my home system. Last week I put together the following: Core i7 860 (2.8 GHz) – New Asus P7P55D – New Corsair 8GB XMS PC3-10600 – New EVGA GeForce GTX 260 Superclocked – Existing Intel X25-E 32GB – Existing… Read more »

Using Taskkill to End Tasks (and end Task Manager)

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A few days ago I was faced with the issue of Task Manager not responding…so how would I kill tasks…or, how do I kill Task Manager? Not too many people know about taskkill, the command prompt’s End Task equivalent. In my particular case I used: taskkill /f /im Taskmgr.exe If you are unsure of the… Read more »

How to Secure Erase (reset) an Intel Solid State Drive (SSD)

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By now many have heard about the performance degredation found in Intel SSDs due to the write/rewrite commands. Although they remain incredibly fast, there are some instances where you may wish to “reset” the drive or at least secure erase the drive for a second sale or install in a different computer or server. An… Read more »

IE8 Showing as Critical Update in XP

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Internet Explorer 8 is showing up in Windows XP’s Windows Update as a critical update. Although this may be a good thing for developers (getting a “more” standards compliant browser out there), it can wreak havoc on networks with applications designed for IE6/7. There is an IE8 Blocker toolkit from Microsoft. Simply download it and install… Read more »